We’ve had the opportunity to coach Liz for a little over a year now and she brings such a fantastic attitude to our community. She’s a badass business owner (shoutout Liz Riden!), momma to Emme and curator of art and design. Get to know Liz a little bit more in this months Athlete of the Month feature.
When did you join CFU, and what made you walk in those doors?
I joined CFU in December 2018. My husband (Jeff) had been going for awhile, and I wanted to see what all of the hype was about. He was there almost every evening, and I could tell a big change in his happiness and health. It was contagious, and I eventually got over my fear and tried it! Before CrossFit, I was constantly tired and aching and needed a major change.
Do you remember your first WOD? Or your thoughts during that first WOD?
My first night, the WOD was 100 burpees. It was almost comical how horrible it was. I remember Niall coaching and asking me how I felt about it, and I truly felt like MAYBE I could do 5 burpees total. It was so humbling but I quickly learned it’s ok to start somewhere and scale workouts and it motivated me to keep coming back.
What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit?
My favorite thing about CFU is the people and community, hands down. I had no clue I would gain some of my best friends by joining! As far as CrossFit, I love that it’s always something new and challenging each day, and that there are tangible skills to work toward. It feels so good to be gradually seeing improvements month after month, and that’s what keeps me coming back.
What type of workout do you enjoy doing the most? I like work outs with barbells and quick intensity. Pretty much anything that doesn’t have burpees or wall balls!
What’s one goal you have for the year?This year, I really want to work on just improving my form and technique that I learned in my first year. I’d love to master toes to bar and handstand pushups!
What would you tell anyone looking to walk into CFU for the first time?
I would absolutely tell everyone to leave their ego or insecurity at the door and try it. I came into CrossFit not being the slightest bit athletic and fell in love with fitness for the first time in my life. I also like to remind everyone trying it for the first time that we all start somewhere. I felt so supported knowing it was okay to scale movements and weights that were too heavy or too difficult for me when I started. And like all things, it’s all what you put into it! It’s amazing how much more fun and better it gets as you go.
What’s your greatest achievement, or what are you most proud of thus far?
My proud achievement of this year has been seeing what fitness and nutrition can really do. I have lost close to 40 pounds this year, and have more energy than before. Prior to Crossfit, I had constant back pain and aches and that’s all gone away! My proudest achievement this year is just going for it, and I can’t wait to see where I am this time next year.
If there was a workout named after you:
1) What would be be called?
2) What would it be?
No running, No bike, No Wallballs, No Burpees!